American Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - McDougall-Duluth Shipbuilding Co, Duluth MN|
|Owner||Merchants & Miners Transportation Co, Baltimore MD|
|Date of attack||10 Jun 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-107 (Harald Gelhaus)|
|Position||19.47N, 85.55W - Grid DL 9567|
|Complement||53 (43 dead and 10 survivors).|
|Route||New Orleans - Cristobal|
|History||Completed in April 1920 as Lake Floris for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1933 renamed Merrimack for Merchants & Miners Transportation Co, Baltimore MD. |
|Notes on event|
At 05.01 hours on 10 Jun, 1942, the unescorted Merrimack (Master Wilbur Flowers) was torpedoed by U-107 about 60 miles off Cozumel Island, south of the Yucatan Channel. The torpedo struck on the starboard side just forward of the bridge and the ship immediately developed a 20° list to starboard. The engines could not be secured and were running at full speed until the ship sank 38 minutes after the hit. All officers, except the master, and 30 other survivors abandoned ship in one lifeboat because the other was destroyed in the explosion. The boat was sucked into the still turning screw, apparently no one in the boat survived. Some men, including the master abandoned ship by jumping overboard and swimming to rafts.
The master, seven crewmen and one armed guard were picked up from two rafts by USS Borie (DD 215) on 15 June in 20°48N/85°30W, after being spotted by a PBY Catalina flying boat. They were taken to Cristobal, arriving on 19 June. An able seaman was picked up from an raft on 15 June by the steam merchant Argentina and landed at New York on 20 June.
|On board||We have details of 43 people who were on board.|
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